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An economics has said English speakers may be because of English grammar. Dr Keith Chen of Yale University suggested that differences in the of the world's languages may explain why people in some countries more money than people in other countries. He told people at a that the future tense in English could actually make people the future is not important now. He said English speakers might think the future is from the present, and that this may make people not think about their future. He this could stop people saving money for their . He also suggested future tenses may make people smoke more and exercise .

Professor Chen the grammar of countries into two – those with a "strong future-time " and those with a weak reference. He explained: "If I wanted to explain to an English-speaking why I can't attend a meeting later today, I could not say 'I go to a '. English grammar would [] me to say 'I will go, am , or have to go to a seminar'". He contrasted this with "weak future-time reference" languages" that can the same meaning without future words like "". Chen says speakers of these languages are those who save more money. He this could be because they do not separate the present time and future in their grammar or in life.

 


 
 

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